“Leadership 101”, Pastor Doug’s Sermon, Sunday, July 28, 2013

“Leadership 101”, is the title of Pastor Doug’s sermon for July 28, 2013, based on Psalm 101. Please plan to join us for worship at the Merryman Performing Arts Center, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.
Psalm 101

Many years ago when Chrysler was going through their tremendous financial
woes they did not go around and change the color of their auto dealerships,
they didn’t hire more sales men and women, no they brought in Lee Iacoca
To lead the company. Whey pro athletic teams fall on hard times, they very
seldom get rid of their star athletes but instead they bring in a new coach, a
new leader if you may.

-One of the greatest needs in our society today is that of “Leadership” in all
facets of life. Men and Women who are willing to accept the mantle of
leading and do it with a passion and commitment that the good of the people
are at the forefront of their heart and the glory of Christ drives them!

-Today in our Psalm we are going to school, it is Psalm 101, and has three
very basic principles of quality “Leadership,” “Essentials” if you will for all
of us to learn from, young and old alike!

-David is the Author, he is king of Israel. He had inherited a divided land, a
discouraged people and the spiritual life was at an all time low.

-One wisely said, “everything rises and falls on leadership.” The Home—-
Church—–Society!

-David had a consuming desire for the ark of God’s dwelling to be brought
back to Jerusalem. That God’s throne would be near David’s throne!

-Let’s look at the 3 essentials of leadership for us all!

1. Vs. 1-2, “Devotion to God”

-A leaders heart must be set apart for that which is right before God! A
divided heart/loyalties brings confusion, frustration and often mutiny of
one sort or another……

-The Devoted heart results in a life lived for the glory of the Lord above
all else!

-“I Will”—opens this Psalm and he uses it 8 more times. Friends, David
made it clear that there must be “NO” separation between his private and
public life. He was not just devoted to God while in the Temple—but all
the day.

-David wanted his reign to be characterized by: Lovingkindness and
Justice. This is the model God set in His rule by the way!
-“Blameless” does not mean sinless, for David was a sinner like the rest of us.
However unlike David our sins have not been recorded in Scripture for all to
see.”

-Blameless is another word for—Integrity, cultivating wholeness of heart and
singleness of mind, instead of a double heart and a double mind.

-Faith is living without scheming, and the way of faith is the blameless way!

2. Vs. 3-5, Discernment

-Discernment—The ability to see in others what is happening in their life.

-The heart and the eyes work together—for what the heart loves the eyes will
seek and find—Eccl. 2:10

-“I will set no worthless things before my eyes,” means more than beholding
vile things, “the lust of the eyes,” It also means setting worthless goals and
seeking after them. Leaders must set the best goals for the glory of the Lord
and not selfish gain.

-Not only should our goals be best, but we give our life to that which is truly
eternal—using the best methods to achieve those goals! Word, Prayer, hard
work doing the right things the right way for the right reason! Great C,
Great C!!! Keeping the main things the main things!

-Being faithful and not faithless. David had his eyes on the faithful of the land.

-A faithless heart is a twisted heart that does not conform to God’s will, they
have a deceitful tongue, that have their ego inflated in a manner that they
have a corner on truth and their own importance. Proverbs 6:16-19

-It is important that leaders serve in humility and lead by example and not
Just in word!!!!

3. Vs. 6-8, Decision

-A leaders heart must be solely focused on God’s glory, a leaders eyes is
to be focused on God’s will and now a leaders will is to serve God’s people
wisely! James 3:17—wise decisions have this as our filter!

-The repeated “I Will” statements in Psalm 101, give evidence of David’s
determination to serve God and God’s people “WELL,” which means he
is a man of decision.

-“He would not make excuses and he would not delay making decisions.
But some of those decisions would be difficult to make and implement.

-Note the kind of associates David wanted around him—
-Faithful
-Dwell with me—(same vision, goals, desire) Mark 3:14
-Blameless, not defiled by sin, keep short accounts with God on the sin ledger!
-Who would treat people with Fairness!

-Deception is the devils tool, and satan goes to work whenever a lie moves in

-Vs. 8, David promised to hear these cases patiently, consider them carefully,
and render judgment wisely. Punishment would be according to God’s law,
silencing the liars and evil doers!

Close:

-Some would say, I am not qualified to be a leader, “I am not David.” Let’s
review his life:
-He failed in his own family, his sin with Bathsheba set a bad example for
His sons and daughters.
-David failed to in disciplining his sons Amnon and Absalom and they
walked in rebellion.
-David had two generals Joab and Abishai, who had major problems
-His trusted counselor Ahithophel betrayed him……BUT

-David reigned for 40 years, defeated Israel’s enemies, gathered the materials
for his son Solomon to build the temple, established the dynasty that would
eventually bring Jesus Christ into the world.

-Like us, he had weaknesses and failings! BUT over all, he sought to honor
God with his “Devotion, Discernment, and Decisions! God blessed him

Pastor Doug’s Newsletter, July 24, 2013

“We Don’t Know What To Do”, Pastor Doug’s Newsletter for July 24, 2013 can be read below. His daily word of encouragement can be read each day by connecting with him on his Facebook page.

Dear Friends,

Have you ever reached the point with the difficulties that life throws out at you that you throw up your hands and say, “I don’t know what to do?” Many of us have been there and often more times than we’d like to admit both personally and in our local churches.

We live in a world of “fixers,” you know, we have to be in control and have things happen a certain way, but when they don’t or are not able to, and things get out of our control, our arms go up quickly and frustration begins to set in because we can’t fix it all (though we continue to try many times to no avail).

I wonder if it is at the end of our proverbial rope, not having a clue what to do about this situation or that issue, is not where God wants us, so that we might trust Him?

Read with me this prayer for “Revival” that is so needed in our life personally, and in our churches of fellow believers across the nation. “Jesus we don’t know what do to! Send us Your Spirit, Send the fire God, burn, penetrate, change, renovate, illuminate. Do as you promised as we walk in Christ’s name!” (I have this on a note card at my desk and am praying)

Perhaps if more of us would commit to pray like this for our life personally and for the church we attend with fellow believers we would see something of God take place in our midst. Instead of man made programs, teachings, and services that happen with very little of the stirring of God in our midst happening, we would see confession of sin/repentance and souls coming to saving faith in Christ. Believers committed to the Word of God and prayer to see Christ glorified and God work in our midst.

Join me friends, in crying out to our Lord to stir afresh in our midst and do something that it would be truly evident that “The Holy Spirit of God” is at work and Christ is glorified, amongst us!

Have a great day friends,

Doug

Perserverence in the Midst of Suffering, Padtor Doug’s Sermon Notes, Sunday, July 21, 2013

Perseverance in the midst of Suffering
Psalm 88

What do most of us do when faced with a difficulty, a lingering illness or a personal Crisis that we just are not able to get out of? Many give us—retreat to
something or someone else or just plain quite in life.

-Perseverance in the face of hard times, doing the right think, the right way for the
Right reason……REGARDLESS……is not easy………but right!

-Perseverance—steadfastness in doing something despite the difficulty. It is a
Patient Enduring. Romans 15:5—teaches us that God is the giver of perseverance!

-We are studying in the Psalms this summer and today we are in an unfamiliar Psalm
Psalm 88 is written by Heman, a temple musician during the reign of David is the
author. It is the last of the sons of Korah’s Psalms and is perhaps the most plaintive
song—melody was a sad melody, mournful Psalm. “A plaintive cry,” Mournful—
Sad cry!

-Ps. 88:18—ends with the word “darkness” there is no closing note of triumph as in
other Psalms we have studied that start with pain and hurt but ends with victory!

-This Psalm speaks of darkness, death, pain and perplexity, feelings of drowning,
loneliness and imprisonment. It is about a man who was suffering intensely and
did not understand “WHY?”

-YET—he persevered in praying to God and did NOT abandon his faith!

-“Not all of life’s scripts have happy endings, but that does not mean that the Lord
has forsaken us.” We can discover 4 instructions when life seems to be falling
apart and our prayers seemingly are not answered.

1. Vs. 1-2, Come to the Lord by Faith

-Vs. 15—Heman’s life had not been easy, and not it was more difficult.
​-3,10,11, he felt death was very near

-Vs. 1—He did not give up—Notice who he trusted in—“LORD” (1,9,13,14)
The Holy, Covenant keeping, relationship building One is who he trusted in and
who he addressed his prayer to!

-Vs. 1, God—Elohim—Creator God—expresses power—“God of my salvation”

-Heman had trusted the Lord to save him, and the fact that he prayed as he did
indicates that his faith was still active!

-3 times 1,2,13, we are told he cried to the Lord—different words, fervent in his
praying. He believed in a God who could hear his prayers and do wonders 10,12
and He was faithful—11

-All this evidence of faith in Heman’s heart, even though he spoke like he was
ready to give up—he prayed day and night 1,9—he trusted that no obstacles
Would come between his prayers and the Lord.

-“No matter how we feel and no matter how impossible our circumstances, we can
always come to the Lord with our burdens!”

2. Vs. 3-9, Tell the Lord how you feel

-He is without strength and forsaken by the Lord—tell Him!
-Heman felt like he was without God—forsaken—God why have you hurt me like
this? Transparent—God can handle our feelings

-Jim Cymbala—“Jesus we don’t know what to do—-send Your Spirit, Send the
Fire, burn, penetrate, change, renovate, illuminate.” In the meantime—persevere!

-Like Job, Heman wanted to know “why” all the suffering….sometimes we won’t
know….Persevere…..

3. Vs. 10-14, Don’t be afraid to defend your cause before the Lord

-Like David in Psalm 6, Heman offered reasons why the Lord should act…

-Heman’s death would rob God of a great opportunity to demonstrate His power
and glory. He could serve the Lord in the land of the living.

-Heman prayed to the Lord for healing and strength and at the close of a busy
day he prayed again.

-Daily Heman heard the priestly benediction from Numb. 6:24-26, “The Lord
bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be
gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.”

-Blessings did not come, yet day in and day out Heman persevered, doing what
was right—–regardless before the Lord!

4. Vs. 15-18, Wait for the Lords answer and be faithful!

-We don’t know what the affliction was that came to Heman early in his life,
we just know it started when he was young and kept on going, and probably
got worse and worse…can’t imagine….Heman could not look back over his
life on a time when he enjoyed good health!
-Note the word pictures that he draws—fiery waves—Billows…that almost
drowned him.

-There was nobody near enough to rescue him—-darkness was all around him

Oh—WOW, do I feel better about being in church today Shada, after this
sermon I need some anti depressants—what’s going on here?

-Friends, don’t miss something so rich here in this Psalm—“Heman continued
To pray—and look to God for help!”

-“Prayer…is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the
Atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural.” Oswald Chambers

-Job. 13:5, “Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him”

-Ps. 27:13-14, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see
The goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong
And let your heart take courage; yes wait for the Lord.”

-The Lord always has the last word, and it will not be “darkness.”

-“We should never doubt in the darkness what God has taught in the light.”

-Romans 8:37, 38-39, What He has taught us in the light….

-John 14:1-6—What He has taught us in the light.

-Perseverance—Steadfast Enduring—“Doing the Right things the right
way…..Regardless……! Glory is coming,

-The land of NO MORE is before us—NO MORE—-Pain, suffering, sadness
strife, sickness, death!!!!!

“Do I Know”, Pastor Doug’s Newsletter, July 18, 2013

Dear Friends,

It is sad to watch the news, of all sorts by the way, promoting lifestyles that are opposed to the Word of God. It is even more sad to see the difference between the way Christians live and non Christians to be less and less distinctive. I am challenged by this, as well as how to handle life in the world we are a part of in a Christ honoring way.

Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 2:8-12 are very good as we think about this together friends, read with me, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher. For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”

Christina friends, knowing “what” we believe and “why” we believe it is so vital for each of us! Being willing to stand strong with a Biblical World View and not let it be clouded by the secular view is essential as we proceed down life’s path! Passing this on to the generations that are following, both in our families and the church of Christ is a must! It will not be easy, but it is a right…..”regardless” of what comes our way!

It is both a challenging and yet very exciting time in which we live, may we be found faithful to the task and obedient to His call upon our lives as His children. He is truly worthy friends.

Have a great day,

Doug

Pastor Doug’s Sermon, July 14, 2013

LFF Screen ShotThe following are the notes for Pastor Doug’s sermon, given on Sunday, July 14, 2013.
Psalm 23

We live in an ever changing, difficult, turbulent world. It
Seems that nothing is the same as it once was and is not
only getting worse but much worse!

Where is that peace, stability, security, sufficiency and true
deliverance that is needed not only to survive but thrive in
this world we live in?

Psalm 23—The Great Shepherd cares for His sheep and
equips us to stand “well” in the midst of life’s storms and
problems

Ps. 22—The Good Shepherd dies for His sheep
Ps. 23—The Great Shepherd loves and cares for His sheep
Ps. 24—The Chief Shepherd returns in glory for His sheep

Ps. 23, is used primarily at funerals to bring comfort, hope
but it is much more, it is a Psalm which focuses on what
Jesus does for us all the days of our life, not just at death

Ps. 23, probably written not when David was a young boy
but when he was dealing with the rebellion of his son
Absolom.

Sheep are defenseless animals, get lost, constant care.
They must be led—not driven! Shepherd knew them by
name!

David shares in this great Psalm “If we follow the Lord
and trust Him, He will meet our every need, no matter the
circumstances.

1. Vs. 1-3, “In the Pasture—Sufficiency

The LORD—Jehovah God—Ps. 9:10, Pr. 18:10 “Those
Who know——“The Name of the Lord is a strong tower”

Compound—Personal name of Jehovah!
“I shall not want” Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord will provide
“Still waters” Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord our peace
“Restores my soul” Jehovah-Rophe, the Lord who heals
“Paths of righteousness” Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord our “R”
“You are with me” Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there
“Presence of my enemies” Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord our banner
“Anoint my head” Jehovah-MKaddesh, The Lord who sanctifies

Eastern Shepherd—Guarded, Led, Provided food/water, Cared
for weak, sick, bruised, cut—he rescued them from danger.

Our Lord called believers “My sheep” because He died for them
1-3—Jesus is adequate for every need—Sufficiency, Peace,
Stability/Security, Deliverance

2. Vs. 4, He is our Peace

Not just physical death, but any difficult circumstances we face
He is not before us—but beside us, leading the way, calming
Fears.

Rod—Heavy club like instrument—stun, kill wild animals
Staff—Used to assist the individual sheep

It gave the flock “peace” knowing that the shepherd was there
Protecting—Providing for

Jesus is “Immanuel” God with us—“We may have many and
varied experiences, some will be very trying, but none of them
can take the Lord by surprise. We may trust Him and have “P”

+ The closer we are to our Shepherd, the safer we are and the
more His peace will fill our hearts.”

3. Vs. 5, He is our Stability & Security

Table—doesn’t necessarily mean piece of furniture—places
In the hill country—flat land—allowed them to eat, rest

Wall of rocks—one entrance—Shepherd Himself would sleep
+The Lord doesn’t always remove the dangers from our lives,
but He does help us to overcome them and not be paralyzed by
fear.

Every night—examine the sheep—bruises—injure, any needs
Oil—keep flies, other insects away. They were safe—Secure
Stable in His care!

4. Vs. 6, Deliverance

The Lord blessed them with goodness and lovingkindness
all their days.

David—looked back over his life, imperfect as he was, in
spite of his sins and failures, he had been followed by God’s
Goodness and lovingkindness….

Surely—means Only—Jesus used this vocabulary—Jn 14:
1-6

The things that perplex and disturb us today, will all be
very clear when we get to heaven. We will look back and
only see goodness and lovingkindness!

In the Old Covenant-way of dealing—sheep died for shep..
In the New C.-way of dealing Shepherd died for the sheep

Gospel—God will wipe away every tear from their eyes

He & He alone is our Sufficiency—Peace—Stability—
Security & Deliverance

True Power, Pastor Doug’s Newsletter, July 10, 2013

LFF Screen ShotThe following is Pastor Doug’s weekly newsletter for July 10, 2013. His daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on his Facebook page.

Dear Friends,

Recently I had the privilege of speaking to a person about their need of Christ in their life. It was interesting as I have watched the following kind of time line in a persons life many times before when listening to the gospel message. At first there is confusion, then questions from, and then seeking more understanding and as we go on and finally either belief and acceptance or rejection of the message of the cross, sin, confession, repentance and salvation.

Understanding Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 1:18 is good, “For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” God is the One that illuminates the heart of individuals to hear, understand and receive His message. Our one great responsibility/privilege is to share the message of the gospel, unashamed and with love and boldness. He is the One that puts faith in their heart to believe for “true power” belongs to Him alone to, save, keep and deliver! We are merely communicator’s of that great truth!

I do understand that there are some who “reject” the message of the gospel, I am deeply saddened when that happens but that is a fact from the beginning of time that there are those who will not believe.

Paul said in Romans 1 that he was “eager,” “under obligation,” and “not ashamed” of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..”

My prayer friends, is that we as Christ followers would spend more and more time sharing of this great power of the Gospel as it is the “ONE” true thing that will make an eternal difference in a persons life.

Join me in this will you?

Doug

Marital Bliss, Pastor Doug’s Newsletter, July 3, 2013

LFF Screen ShotThe following is Pastor Doug’s weekly newsletter for July 3, 2013. His dIly word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on his Facebook page. Please join us each Sunday for worship at the Merryman Performing Arts Center at 10:00 a.m.

Dear Friends,

Fourty Four years ago July 5, at 7 PM a young couple stood at the altar and entered marital bliss.

Litte did Farrol and I know what bliss would mean. I smile as I write, knowing that you commit “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health until death do you part.” No one told us or gave us the tools to handle the “bliss” that would come our way (not unlike what many of you have experienced, I am sure).

I am kind of glad they didn’t, as I am not sure Farrol would have signed up for all the “bliss” that comes a couples way as they walk through life.

Through it all though, we are here after that July evening long ago, more in love with each other, more committed to our Lord than ever before and grateful for His guidance, strength and provision that He has granted us along that “blissful” path called life.

God has graced us with so much, family, friends, ministry and opportunities that abound for His glory. We are not sure yet what all that “bliss” talk means, we are sure of this though, that our Lord loves us and is the model of that right kind of love that holds a marriage together,,,,,,,,,regardless. Our choice is to learn from it, grow in it and share it with each other and all those He puts us around. If that’s what “bliss” means, I guess we have the best kind of marital bliss there is. All we know is that it is right and good!

Happy Anniversary to a wonderful woman, wife, mother and friend.

Have a “bliss filled” week each of you,

Doug